"Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life." --Coretta Scott King
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King is widely regarded as one of the world's great human rights leaders.
Today and every day, [we] stand together to defend the full body of human rights that Dr. King so bravely and eloquently espoused.
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"Morality is never upheld by legalized murder," [Coretta Scott King] said.
More killing is not the answer.
Dr. King described violence as, "a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars."The above quote, eloquently invoking the King legacy in defense of human life, is excerpted from an e-mail that arrived in my inbox on Thursday. The sender? Amnesty International, seeking my support for their campaign to abolish the death penalty.
This is the same Amnesty International that defends the taking of preborn human lives by abortion. They say that pro-life efforts to extend human rights to the weakest members of our society are "misguided" attacks on the "right to health."
Sorry, Amnesty International, but you just don't get it. Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life.